Stainless Steel Wire: Versatile, Freestyle, Profile!
Stainless steel wire, a product with thousands of applications right across the scope of industry, is traditionally round in shape. This shape (also known as the wire's profile) is suitable for many standard uses but, in many cases, using wire of a different shape can dramatically improve performance and reduce material requirements.
Wire with a shape other than the traditional round is referred to as 'shaped' or 'profiled' wire. By drawing high-quality stainless steel rods through a series of dies, wire can be produced in a near-infinite variety of shapes, such as wedge, u- and t-shaped, star, half-round, rectangular and hexagonal. Custom dies can be easily manufactured to produce irregular, non-standard and client-specified profiled wire.
Examples in which profiled wire delivers improved performance, a reduction in material requirements or both are myriad, and include:
- Extra-Wide Wire: in construction applications, using mesh made from round wire increases overall material requirements and thus the incurred cost. Using a shaped wire that is wider than it is high offers a successful solution
- Star-Shaped Wire: often used in the manufacture of stainless steel fixings to improve grip and strength
- Wedge-Shaped Wire: this common profile has a multitude of uses, from flooring to meshes and filters
BS Stainless offer a comprehensive profiled wire service, carrying a large stock of common profiles for immediate delivery and providing custom-profiled wires on demand. Though usually supplied in coil form, our shaped wire can also be cut to bespoke lengths using our brand new, state of the art cut-to-length machinery.
Find out more about profiled wire on our website and, to discuss bespoke requirements, get in touch with a member of our expert technical team.